Ecological and evolutionary dynamics, evolutionary genetics, microbial ecology and evolution.
Michael Travisano recently joined the BioTechnology Institute as an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior. Travisano was an associate professor of biology and biochemistry at the University of Houston where his research focused on understanding the causes of biological diversity and complexity. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1993.
Travisano has described his work studying the speciation of yeast as useful in developing new microbial solutions. He has looked at the basis for reproductive isolation in six closely-associated strains of yeast and suggested that industrial strains that were sterile could be made viable and productive through homoploid hybrid speciation.
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